Valdez and Servania give an electric performance in Tucson, Ramirez out points Hart to retain title on ESPN

Valdez and Servania give an electric performance in Tucson, Ramirez out points Hart to retain title on ESPN

On Friday September 22, at the Convention Center in Tucson Arizona, ESPN broadcast a Top Rank world title double header consisting of ten undefeated fighters and six former Olympians. There was plenty of excitement from fans prior to the event and it didn’t disappoint once action began. In the main event Mexican Olympian and undefeated WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez faced undefeated Genesis Servania. The co-feature would be between undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez and undefeated challenger Jesse Hart.

The main event started with Valdez applying pressure and Servania looking for counter punches. As Valdez pressured Servania digging his body with shots around the elbow, the Philippine fighter based out of Japan found his spot in round four dropping Valdez with a counter right hand then almost had the champion out before time saved him. In the fifth Servania would find success using the same right hand to neutralize Valdez aggression, then end up on the canvas himself after a hard Valdez left. The pace of the fight remained high throughout, Valdez pressuring and Servania landing hard counter punches.

As the late rounds arrived, Valdez started moving and boxing to avoid the counter punch Servania was seeking. They closed round twelve trading punches with fans in attendance on their feet. When final scores were read Judges seen it 16-110, 119-111 and 117-109 all in favor of Oscar Valdez who improved to 23-0 (19), Genesis Servania after his first loss dropped to 29-1 (12). I unofficially scored it 115-112 a more realistic look at the fight.

The co feature between WBO 168lb champion Gilberto Ramirez and Jesse Hart was an exciting bout from start to finish. It looked as though Ramirez would have a short night pressuring and dropping Hart in the second. As the fight wore on, Ramirez pressure kept Hart on his backfoot until the ninth round when Hart gained a second wind and put pressure on Ramirez even hurting him in round nine. The Philly fighter failed to capitalize on the moment allowing to Ramirez answer back once again forcing Hart on the ropes. The two fighters traded momentum the last round brining everyone in attendance on their feet.

When the official scores were announced Judges seen it officially 115-112 twice and 114-113 for the champion Gilberto Ramirez, my score was unofficially 116-112 in favor of Ramirez who controlled the bout for its duration minus round nine. With the win Gilberto Ramirez retained his title and improved to 36-0 (25), Jesse Hart in his first loss now stands at 22-1 (18).

In Undercard bouts

Welterweight– Egidijus Kavaliauskas the 2008 and 2012 Lithuanian Olympian defeated Mahonry Montes to capture the NABF Welterweight title. Showing off a solid jab and constant pressure, Kavaliauskas was able to swell the eye of Montes shut and force the referee to halt the contest at thirty four seconds of round seven.

With the win Kavaliauskas improved to 18-0 (15), Montes drops to 33-7-1 (22).

Super Featherweight Robson Conceicao the 2016 Brazilian Olympic gold medalist improved to 5-0 (4) after dominating Carlos Osorio over three rounds. At the end of round three Osorio could not answer the bell for round four due to a dislocated shoulder. With the loss Osorio drops to 13-8-1 (5).

Featherweight Michael Conlan the two time Irish Olympian, making his division debut faced undefeated Kenny Guzman. They would trade punches for almost two complete rounds, then Conlan landed a right hand halting Guzman at 2:59 seconds of round two. With the win Michael Conlan improved to 4-0 (4) suffering his first loss Kenny Guzman stand at 3-1 (1).

Lightweight– Mikaela Mayer the former United States Olympian improved to 2-0 (2) after an impressive performance over Allison Martinez. The 5’9″ Mayer dominated using her jab and uppercuts forcing Martinez corner to halt the bout midway through round three. With the loss Allison Martinez now stands at 1-3 (1)

Super Lightweight Fazliddin Gaibnazarov the Uzbekistan Olympian improved to 3-0 (2) with a dominate eight round unanimous decision over Victor Rosas, all three judges scored it exactly the same 80-72. With his loss Rosas now stands at 9-7(3).

Welterweight Leonardo Zappavigna 36-3 (25) def. Fidel Monterrosa Munoz 38-14-1 (30) via TKO 3.


Written by
Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

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